Using Instagram as Inspiration for your Home

Our resident Interior Design Expert, Shaynna Blaze, gives you her top tips to make the most of the photo-sharing app - Instagram.

I’m pretty new to the Instagram game but once you get started you get pretty hooked. Yes a lot of people post what they ate that day, what they wore and where they are (yes I am one of the guilty ones of all pics said). But what I find interesting is the amount of incredible scenery shots that are taken just with the phone. The many filters that alter the look of the subject means you can enhance the crispness and colour or apply a different filter like sepia or black and white to create a completely different feel to the picture.

Now this isn’t an article on how take instagram pics in three easy steps but more like – what do you do with them? Like Pinterest and Facebook you can like and comment but most of the pics just sit in the virtual stratosphere doing nothing.

I constantly get asked about sourcing great artwork and pictures for interiors and I think what is happening on Instagram is a great place to start. The quality and file size of phone pictures are now big enough to be able to print out great pictures in quite a few different formats. The instagram pics can be used as either pics for your walls or the pictures themselves used as inspiration for creating vignettes and groupings in your interior.

The Printed Picture

There are a couple of ways you can do this. A lot of pictures are taken at places you want to remember or sharing a moment with some-one and this is the perfect way to create the Vignette. A vignette means a captured grouping in one area and is a great way to make a memory last. Print out a picture and put in a frame then use this as the central starting point and then gather around items that remind you of that moment. It could be as simple as some shells or pebbles gathered, a coloured glass vase or bottle with some flowers or even a small stand with draped beads of what you wore on the night. This is very personal and needs to take a very simple and relaxed approach so as not look to contrived as it will lose the magic of the original captured moment.

For your picture as a wall feature there are companies you can send your picture online and get printed on canvas. Websites such as and have a variety of formats from a single large canvas or smaller ones to create a gallery wall with a variety of pictures. If you are doing a gallery try and stick to pictures that have a similar filter to each other to give visual consistency to the collection.

You’re great at taking photos but still want the printed picture? That is the beauty of sharing, many incredible photographers and amateurs put their pictures up for sale on the sites and you can scroll for inspiration in all different categories, order and have delivered to your door. The artist gets paid for the use of their work and you have artwork that selected perfectly for your room.

Give Instagram a go, record your day and play with the filters and you never know you may create a masterpiece that not only you are proud of but some one may actually pay to have on their wall.

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